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Knowledge exchange, collaboration and innovation are key to fighting global weed resistanceqrcode

Oct. 7, 2015

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Oct. 7, 2015
With the Weed Resistance Global Symposium, which took place from September 30 to October 2 in Paris, France, Bayer CropScience created a unique knowledge exchange platform welcoming more than 200 participants from 26 countries to discuss the challenge of herbicide resistance.
“Increasing weed resistance on a global level is a huge challenge that is too large for one company. The problem can only be solved through a holistic and sustainable approach based on knowledge exchange, collaboration and innovation”, Bayer CropScience CEO Liam Condon said in his presentation. “That’s why we at Bayer are driving collaborations with leading scientists and institutions to jointly develop new solutions which help farmers worldwide to combat herbicide-resistant weeds.”
“Diversity in the fight against weed resistance is the only sustainable way forward. But diversity needs communication”, Professor Stephen Powles, Director of Australia’s Herbicide Resistance Initiative, pointed out. “Connecting growers, the industry and the scientific community requires traditional and new ways of interaction.” In his presentation, Powles inspired the audience to make increasing use of live events, social media and other communication channels which help change behavior.
Weeds are a threat to farmers all over the globe. They are the single most important reason for crop losses globally causing high management costs. The number of herbicide-resistant weeds is growing fast: Even with the control measures available today, weeds destroy enough food to feed one billion people. 
“Science plays an important role in propelling the future of farming. To continue innovating, we must increasingly invest in research and delelopment”, Liam Condon added. “In 2015, we will invest more than EUR 1 billion in R&D with a strong focus on our integrated toolbox, combining chemical and biological crop protection products with modern breeding technologies and trait research.” Bayer CropScience plans to continuously invest 9 to 10 percent of its annual sales in R&D in the years to come.
The symposium offered a forum for the discussion and exchange of experiences regarding practical Integrated Weed Management (IWM) solutions. 48 expert speakers from across the world – growers, advisors, academics and industry researchers – provided insights into the global status of weed resistance, its agronomical impact, current and upcoming challenges, solution approaches and latest research findings. 


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